|Fighting a tide of tradition and conservatism, progressive metal has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music; here its preeminent scholar tells the tale.
High-quality 400pp trade paperback
Illus. w/over 100 images + 16pp full-color insert
6.75″ x 9.5″ x 1″ / 2 lbs (170mm x 240mm x 25mm / .75 kg)
Original cover artwork by Michel _Away? Langevin
Download free sample chapter [.PDF format]: _5. Passing the Threshold?
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"Mean Deviation zeroes in on heavy metal's more cerebral, challenging, and even geeky side." -Ghetto Blaster
_What a massive undertaking_ knowledge, passion, skills, and class_ this book should be required reading for any metal follower.? -Blistering.com [9.5/10 review]
"The book looks and feels fabulous. Thank you, Jeff Wagner, for this massive information highway for all things progressive metal." -Paul Masvidal, Cynic/Death
_The book is awesome. I read it in two days.? -Glenn Harveston, ProgPower USA
_Looks cool! I_m looking forward to digging in.? -Jim Matheos, Fates Warning
"We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music." -Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree
_An expertly researched love letter to the largely misunderstood and often maligned progressive metal scene? -AOL Noisecreep, Holiday Gift List
_An invaluable compendium? -Nuthousepunks.com
_Mean Deviation is a comprehensive history of the genre that fans will enjoy, and future music scholars will use as an essential reference guide.? -Aboutcom
_Jeff Wagner nailed it_another triumph for Bazillion Points? -Metal Rules.com, 4.5/5 review
Revered former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner analyzes the heady side of metal in this exhaustive history of a relentlessly ambitious musical subculture. Beginning with 1970s progressive rock acts Rush and King Crimson, Mean Deviation unfurls a colorful tapestry of sounds and styles, from the "Big Three" of 1980s prog metal -Queensryche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater -to extreme pioneers Voivod, Watchtower, and Celtic Frost. The flirtation between heavy metal and progressive rock grows with bold creative leaps, spawning countless valiant launches toward infinity. Today, the spark of inspiration thrives in obscure outposts such as Scandinavia, Florida, and Japan, bursting into full flame with the successes of prog metal overlords Opeth, Meshuggah, Tool, Between the Buried and Me, and their progressive peers.
According to Wagner: _Mean Deviation highlights many impossibly scattered bands and movements that widened the scope of the heavy metal genre. To some, progressive metal starts with Dream Theater and ends with an interminable stream of bands that sound like Dream Theater. By my interpretation, the term ?progressive metal_ allows for consideration of cosmic post-black metal band In the Woods, avant-garde metal surrealists Thought Industry, and those obscure purveyors of corrupted Swedish death metal, Carbonized-along with more obvious entries such as Fates Warning, Opeth, and, of course, Dream Theater.
_One thing prog metal certainly is, is metal. Hard and bold and brash, but refined, adulterated, and mutated; it is heavy metal taken somewhere illuminating and sometimes bizarre.?
Jeff Wagner interview on Noise Pollution